Yesterday was Father's Day in Belgium. As a gift, Stan drew me this picture. In addition to the thoughtful gesture, I love learning more about the way our kids see us. For me, it's special that Stan understands two important communities in my life.

Father day drawing stan

Google Search Console showed me that I have some duplicate content issues on https://dri.es, so I went ahead and tweaked my use of the rel="canonical" link tag.

When you have content that is accessible under multiple URLs, or even on multiple websites, and you don't explicitly tell Google which URL is canonical, Google makes the choice for you. By using the rel="canonical" link tag, you can tell Google which version should be prioritized in search results.

Doing canonicalization well improves your site's SEO, and doing canonicalization wrong can be catastrophic. Let's hope I did it right!

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While working on my POSSE plan, I realized that my site no longer supported "RSS auto-discovery". RSS auto-discovery is a technique that makes it possible for browsers and RSS readers to automatically find a site's RSS feed. For example, when you enter https://dri.es in an RSS reader or browser, it should automatically discover that the feed is https://dri.es/rss.xml. It's a small adjustment, but it helps improve the usability of the open web.

To make your RSS feeds auto-discoverable, add a <link> tag inside the <head> tag of your website. You can even include multiple <link> tags, which will allow you to make multiple RSS feeds auto-discoverable at the same time. Here is what it looks like for my site:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Dries Buytaert" href="https://dri.es/rss.xml" />

Pretty easy! Make sure to check your own websites — it helps the open web.

Stephen Hawking passed away this morning at age 76. He was an inspiration in so many ways: his contributions to science unlocked a universe of exploration and he helped to dismantle stigma surrounding disability. Perhaps most importantly, he dedicated his life to meaningful work that he was deeply passionate about; a message that is important for all. Rest in peace, Professor.